The Philippines

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Holidays

On Christmas Eve, urban families gather to exchange gifts and enjoy a large feast featuring pork, beef stew, casseroles, and traditional desserts like leche flan (caramel custard) and coconut salad. Rural Filipinos also enjoy a large meal, but exchanging gifts is less common. On Christmas, people light fireworks to celebrate. Windows, doors, and drawers are opened to let out the bad spirits and welcome the good. For luck, people hang 13 ripe, round fruits around their doorway, wear clothes with circular (which symbolizes eternity) prints, and carry money in their pockets.